15-534. Fingerprinting; review and disciplinary action; violation; classification
A. A person who applies for a certificate as prescribed in section 15-203 shall have a valid fingerprint clearance card that is issued pursuant to title 41, chapter 12, article 3.1. Applicants who possess a certificate pursuant to section 15-203 and who apply for additional certificates or who apply for renewal of any certificate shall meet one of the following requirements:
1. Have a valid fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to title 41, chapter 12, article 3.1.
2. Provide proof of the submission of an application for a fingerprint clearance card. Applicants who have been denied a fingerprint clearance card shall also provide proof that the applicant qualifies for a good cause exception hearing pursuant to section 41-619.55.
B. A person who is certified pursuant to section 15-203 shall maintain a valid fingerprint clearance card during the valid period of the person's certificate or certificates.
C. The state board of education may review and determine whether to renew or not issue a certificate to an applicant for certification on a finding that the applicant engaged in conduct that is immoral or unprofessional or engaged in conduct that would warrant disciplinary action if the person had been certified at the time that the alleged conduct occurred. The board shall prescribe guidelines for this process.
D. The state board of education may take disciplinary action against or not renew the certificate of a person on a finding that the certificated person engaged in conduct that is immoral or unprofessional or engaged in conduct that would warrant disciplinary action if the person had been certified at the time that the alleged conduct occurred. The board shall prescribe guidelines for this process.
E. The department of education may issue conditional certification before an applicant has obtained a valid fingerprint clearance card. A conditional certificate may be used only for employment in the school district that submits an application to the department of education for conditional certification pursuant to this subsection. The state board of education may revoke conditional certification if the information on the application for a conditional certificate is false or incomplete, the applicant is denied a fingerprint clearance card or the conditional certificate is used for employment in a school district other than the school district that is indicated on the application for conditional certification. In addition to any other conditions or requirements deemed necessary by the superintendent of public instruction to protect the health and safety of pupils, conditional certification shall be issued before the applicant obtains a fingerprint clearance card if all of the following conditions are met:
1. The school district that is seeking to hire the applicant verifies in writing on a form developed by the department of education the necessity for hiring and placement of the applicant before a fingerprint check is completed.
2. The school district that is seeking to hire the applicant performs all of the following:
(a) Ensures that the department of public safety completes a statewide criminal records check on the applicant. A statewide criminal records check shall be completed by the department of public safety every one hundred twenty days until the date that the fingerprint check is completed.
(b) Completes a search of criminal records in all local jurisdictions outside of this state in which the applicant has lived in the previous five years.
(c) Obtains references from the applicant's current employer and two most recent previous employers except for applicants who have been employed for at least five years by the applicant's most recent employer.
(d) Provides general supervision of the applicant until the applicant receives permanent certification from the department of education.
F. Before employment, schools or school districts shall verify the certification and fingerprint status of applicants who apply for school or school district positions that require certification.
G. Any person who participates in a teacher preparation program that is approved by the state board of education or any person who is contracted by this state, by a school district or by a charter school to provide tutoring services shall obtain a fingerprint clearance card pursuant to this section before the person participates in field experience in this state in which services will be provided directly to pupils. A person who participates in a teacher preparation program that is approved by the state board and who does not participate in field experience or student teaching in this state shall not be required to obtain a fingerprint clearance card pursuant to this section.
H. The state board of education shall notify the department of public safety if the state board of education receives credible evidence that a person who possesses a valid fingerprint clearance card either:
1. Is arrested for or charged with an offense listed in section 41-1758.03, subsection B.
2. Falsified information on the form required by subsection A of this section.
I. A person who makes a false statement, representation or certification in any application for certification is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.